Pros + It's the best picture I've ever seen on a tv set, black level is excellent
+ Outstanding off-axis viewing with minimal
+ Reasonable selection of integrated apps (Netflix, etc).
+ Good connectivity
+ No "buzzing sound"
Cons - Bezel is reflective and tacky
- Plasma televisions are generally heavier than their LED counterparts
Summary A little background on me so you can see I'm just an average tech enthusiast but I wouldn't call myself a professional videophile. I'm an average customer who can be a little anal about a TV's picture quality and really don't give a damn about it's sound quality (I think a tv in this category should be hooked up with a quality surround sound system anyway). I don't do gaming, so I can't discuss that with any authority , and this is my first 3D TV. This 55" is also replacing a 2010 Samsung 50" Plasma that has been moved to my bedroom, so you can see I've been a plasma user for a few years. I do have a small 32" Visio LED which is not bad either, but as others have mentioned here and in other AV forums, LCD/LED cannot come close to Plasmas in pure picture quality.Recommend to check for best price at: hdtvsxt.blogspot.com/p/panasonic-tc-p60st60.html
Before I go into the details of my review, let me first say that my 4 star rating is based on mainly picture quality and the "smart" features of this tv, which I only considered about 15% weight in my rating. This review is for real world people who are serious about making a decision to buy this tv or another model and need an honest opinion from an average customer who was in a similar position a month ago.
By far this is the most outstanding feature of this set. Just on the PQ I would've given it 4.5 stars. In my opinion, it's the best picture I've ever seen on a tv set. I'm sure there's better out there, but I don't think there are many more and certainly none in this price range. Even my teenage daughters, who don't usually care about pq remarked how good the picture looks. One of them even noted that they're seeing acne pimples on stars under their makeup which they didn't know that actress had acne lol. But there's a caveat. This outstanding pq came after using CNET's and D-Nice calibration settings, and on blu-ray or digital sources like movies from a hard drive, flash discs, Netflix, etc. I'm not sure if it's my satellite provider but Dish network channels doesn't give you as good a picture as these other sources, only their On Demand stuff gives you a close enough quality. I'm sure the more technical person can explain it but for those of us that watch alot of cable, I found that the tv has shown up the flaws in the Satellite (and I presume cable as well) signal. In the other HD digital sources I found that the ST60 was a huge improvement over my Samsung but with satellite, because the Samsung softens the picture so much, it hides the flaws of that signal and Dish actually looks a little better on that older tv. I've had to play with the settings for some of the more guilty channels but CNN and most of the premium movie channels look great with the calibrated settings.
For those who watch alot of SD (standard definition) channels, you don't want to do that on your typical HDTV and this one is even worse than I've ever seen. Personally I think it should be a crime to watch SD on hdtvs but I know sometimes we can't help it (yes Dish, I'm looking at you with all those ESPN & Disney SD channels). But, yes, SD is horrible on this tv but watchable in a crunch. Just prepare for HD bliss when you switch to a HD source as the difference is that significant. Almost the same effect as watching black & white then switching to color.
These features weren't that important in my buying decision but now that I'm using them I'm a little impressed. I've been a Roku, Google & Apple TV user for awhile now and actually have my Visio Google Tv box connected to the ST60 to compare with the TV's "Smart" features. For the viewer with little previous experience with these features, it may seem a little intimidating at first but they're well worth learning and will save you a couple hundred dollars in getting separate equipment, like I did before getting this tv, if you need these features. The most outstanding of these features are the Netflix, Amazon Video and other apps you can run with a wired or wireless internet connection to the tv. You can also stream videos, view pictures or play music with a SD media device or USB device like a thumb drive or portable HD connected directly to the back of the set. The built in media player also plays stuff from external media servers like from your computer or network attached servers (drives) wirelessly. So yes, the geeks out there have lots to play with on this set. I still use my Visio Google TV for Netflix and Amazon as the pq on that box is better from those 2 sources but that is not a knock on that feature on the Panasonic as the quality is not bad from the tv but the Visio is known to provide one of the best Netflix pq on the market.
As I stated from the start, this is my first 3D experience and for my money, it's okay. It can be a little dark and I find to get the best effect you really have to be watching in very dark conditions. The 2 pair of glasses that come with the set is actually quite comfortable for my big head but my daughter's head is much smaller and she agrees that they're comfortable. We watched a couple 3d stuff and most were okay but some scenes in Life of Pi made us go "Wow, did you see that". I wasn't big on 3D before but this tv has made me take another look, although I suspect, as other reviewers have said, it could be better.
To summarize, I was hoping to be blown away with the picture quality when I first got the set out of the box and I wasn't until I put some 100 hours on the set and put in the calibration settings. 150 hours in I can now see I'm getting really close to that WOW effect and I'm not sure if my eyes are playing tricks on me, but I swear the pq gets better the more hours we use it. I'm someone on a budget but with what I've experienced so far i may get the tv professionally calibrated as I feel this tv, well tweaked & calibrated, will give me that ultimate picture I've been searching for and, is one of those one in 10 years buy and is definitely a keeper. At $1349 this set is a steal and just read those professional reviews, they also agree that this set rivals other $2k & up sets, just in the display quality alone.
Hope this review will be of some use to someone but I thought this set deserve this kind of detail to help those of you who are still on the fence. But my opinion I don't think there's no better value, even if you don't get the discount I got. That was just a nice unexpected cherry on top of the deal. Finally, before you buy I suggest to check best offer for this TV at: hdtvpm.blogspot.com/p/panasonic-viera-tc-p60st60.html
Hope it help, good luck!
Updated on Nov 29, 2013
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